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Steam's Fallout New Vegas f***** up my computer again

by MichaelRed2222 / June 20, 2015 10:54 PM PDT

Windows isn't responding when I start up my computer. When I get to the boot manager, I hit many of the options and nothing happens. This started when I was starting up a continued save of a New Vegas copy I got from Steam. Anybody know what I can do to get it working? I'm not that computer savy, I don't have an installation disc or a recovery disc, it's so frustrating.

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Re: no disc
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 21, 2015 12:31 AM PDT

Then it might be time to read the user manual and see what recovery options your PC came with. In older Windows versions It's not unusual they are hidden under some key you have to press before Windows is started.
It's also possible to make your own repair disk or stick on some other PC with the same OS.

Kees

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Windows 7 and no manual.
by MichaelRed2222 / June 21, 2015 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: no disc

I have Windows 7 and I bought my pc on EBay over a year ago. All of the options I've tried in boot manager, none of them work.

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When boot manager fails
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2015 8:12 AM PDT

I find myself booting from the Windows 7 DVD and trying repairs there. If that fails I have a discussion about starting over. The good news today is that we can slip in a blank new HDD to hold the OS for cheap and move their old busted OS drive to another position if they forgot to backup.

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Re: no manual
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 21, 2015 12:31 PM PDT

Then google WINDOWS 7 REPAIR DISC and/or WINDOWS 7 REPAIR USB to learn how to make one on some other PC and how to use it.

Kees

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check disk space
by James Denison / June 21, 2015 5:50 AM PDT

Boot from anything which allows you to check your disk space. Can use a Linux LIVE DVD if needed and boot from optical drive and check it. Game players often let themselves get jammed up for space on the disk. Windows needs about 10-12% free space to move around in.

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Unfortunately, it won't give me that option.
by MichaelRed2222 / June 21, 2015 9:50 AM PDT
In reply to: check disk space

Unfortunately, in the "advanced boot options" screen, it doesn't give me the option to check my disk space. Also, I had more than 10-12% disk space free because I had it wiped clean (computer repair shop) from the day before when this happened to me the first time.

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what's the whole story?
by James Denison / June 21, 2015 10:05 AM PDT
"I don't have an installation disc or a recovery disc, it's so frustrating."

Why not?

"because I had it wiped clean (computer repair shop) from the day before when this happened to me the first time."

So, it was there, then wiped clean, reloaded by some means other than your non existent recovery disc, and then it came back.

You bought this off EBay, so it was first loaded with the system there. Is the repair shop associated with the seller, or someone completely separate from them?

Have you checked Steam forums to see if others are having similar or same problems with this program?

It also helps if you at least reveal the motherboard used, or if it's an OEM type, the manufacturer and model.
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The model is an Asus X54C Notebook 15.6"
by MichaelRed2222 / June 21, 2015 10:30 AM PDT

The model is an Asus X54C Notebook 15.6". It was bought on Ebay, so the components were upgraded in hard drive and RAM. It had a Core i3-2350M@2.3GHz processor 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM.

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found it
by James Denison / June 21, 2015 11:04 AM PDT
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For the next time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2015 11:14 AM PDT

Be sure to have a recovery plan in place. A backup of the entire HDD, recovery media and more.

Windows never allowed us to go without these things yet you see folk running around with scissors.

That shop should be able to kick it back into action for you again but this time, be sure to walk out with media and a plan so you don't have to see them everytime this happens.

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Avoiding Steam.
by MichaelRed2222 / June 21, 2015 11:29 AM PDT
In reply to: For the next time.

Yea, I'm definitely going to avoid playing that game, and uninstall it from my Steam library if I can. I think I might even avoid Steam altogether. Gaming on a computer, especially one as weak as laptops is almost always dangerous, despite the fact that my laptop handled it and ran the game smoothly.

The problem is also, I don't know how to back my data up, because I'm a novice when it comes to these things. Also, should I ask for a recovery disc from Microsoft?

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Only if you bought the OS from Microsoft.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Avoiding Steam.

For most laptops we create those as we start using the PC. How to do that is on the makers web pages.

How to clone/backup is on the web but I know most are willing to pay shops to recovery machines rather than do it themselves. As long as the PC continues along this path or design it is going to get banged up from time to time.

As to Steam, I've yet to read much screaming about it wiping out Windows like this.

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order restore media direct from Asus
by James Denison / June 21, 2015 6:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Avoiding Steam.
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